“Innovation Takes Root” is a biannual conference hosted by NatureWorks, developer of the Ingeo PLA polymer and the Vercet lactide chemistry platforms. This year marked the sixth such gathering, held in San Diego from September 10-12 with over 250 attendees from 27 countries. Major topics included the continued evolution of the Ingeo platform, circular economy principles, regulatory and legislative developments related to bio-based plastics, PLA use in additive manufacturing, and new developments in single-serve capsules (they’re not just for coffee anymore).
Innovation Takes Root is the bi-annual biopolymers event hosted by NatureWorks, developers of the Ingeo PLA bioresin. More specifically, the 3-day event is billed as a “collaborative biopolymers forum for the Ingeo community.” We like the sound of that: we’re big on collaborative partnerships to further the art and science of thermoforming. This year, CMT has been invited by NatureWorks to participate in a key workshop titled, “Tools for Ingeo Users.” The session will be led by Dr. Jim Nangeroni, Ph.D. In addition to CMT, speakers will present papers on single screw and twin-screw extruder design, melt pump and screen changer design, proper additives, and testing protocols for gaining compost certification.
It’s been a while since we had anything of note to share on our blog, but as we said at the outset – our goal is to provide valuable and relevant information, not SEO content.
Though the official numbers have yet to be released, by many accounts NPE 2018 was the biggest and best ever. 5 full days (okay, 4 full days and a slow 5th day) of new machinery, technologies, and processes, as well as myriad learning and networking opportunities on the show floor and in the multiple technical conferences (ANTEC, Re|Focus) will tire out the most intrepid of plastics professionals.
January 5, 2018 – Attleboro, MA, USA and Shenzhen, China
It’s been a bit quiet on the blog front over the past few months, though not because we haven’t been busy. As anyone in the plastics industry will attest, 2017 was a bumper year due to low feedstock prices, strong global economic performance, and continued growth in consumer demand. In fact, a recent interview with the American Chemistry Council (ACC) suggests that we are on track to see sustained expansion in production capacity for several years. Stretching back to the K 2016 event, we have seen steady increases in orders for all HYTAC materials especially our market-leading B1X product. With all of the major OEMs reporting continued long lead times for machinery and tooling, it seems safe to say that 2018 will pick up where 2017 left off.
[This blog is adapted from a report written by C. Carlin for Plastics Engineering]
ATTLEBORO, Mass., September 5, 2017 – CMT Materials, the leading provider of plug-assist materials for the thermoforming industry, has announced the expansion of production capabilities at its Attleboro, Mass. headquarters to keep pace with global demand for its leading plug-assist products HYTAC® syntactic foam.
It’s been quiet on the blog front for a few weeks now, but that doesn’t mean we’ve been sitting around at the beach all summer. Industry reports continue to show plastic packaging is on the rise, with thermoformed parts contributing to overall growth. As we pointed out in previous blogs and articles, megatrends such as sustainability and middle-class growth in Asia, in particular, are opening up new opportunities for innovative package designs that marry convenience and functionality. Of course, those packages are only optimized through the correct use of HYTAC plug assists!